I don’t write many straight-up reviews on this site, but I feel the need to say at least a little something about the final volume of the shojo manga Dengeki Daisy.
First off, let me say that, however I feel about the final volume, my love for this series remains untarnished. I read this title patiently from the first American release to the last, and I maintain that it offers a lot more complexity of plot than most shojo. The heroine, Teru, also evolves subtly and dramatically, starting out as a typically helpless shojo girl and changing slowly into someone who is a major part of the action.
That said, the final volume was a stellar example of the unevenness of this series, and thus a stellar example of the dangers (and benefits) of serialization itself. It was the very definition of anticlimax, offering only one chapter relating to the actual story, with the rest being merely bonus chapters. And the one chapter? It started out by saying “don’t worry, everyone’s ok.” *shakes head*
It would be easy for the dry spell in the middle of this series, the over explication of the middle of the series, and the disappointing ending to spoil my enjoyment of this story. And it would be easier to say that this spells out an argument against serialization. But the slow dolling out of stories means that, even if there are bad points, I can point to fabulous volumes that save my love for the story. And when I look at the series as a whole, I know that it is the great volumes that I will remember, and it is this remembrance that will allow me to give other series a chance.